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Manufacturing Top Stories

Is The U.S. Reshoring Trend A Fact Or A Myth?
Even with 83% of manufacturers indicating a likeliness to reshore due to tariffs, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other reasons, taking those statistics to the heart may prove difficult for industry skeptics.
3 Essential Strategies to Automate & Innovate in Manufacturing
Optimizing your supply chain, responding to customer needs, and managing risk and quality control are three essential strategies to consider along with the innovation that automation could bring to your operations.
The Current State of the Manufacturing and Services Economies
In this podcast, Jeff Berman, Group News Editor for Logistics Management and the Peerless Media Supply Chain Group, interviews Tim Fiore, Chairman of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, and Tony Nieves, Chair of the Institute...
What You Should Know about the Internet of Things & How to Lay the Foundation for Success
The Internet of Things, or IoT, is moving beyond a catchword to real-world utilization, however, not all stakeholders fully understand this transformative technology, enterprises must lay a solid foundation to ensure success into this rapidly evolving landscape.

Manufacturing Resources

Manufacturing Industry: Why You Can’t Afford to Wait for Digital Transformation
This playbook offers Manufacturers a realistic and viable guide to balancing immediate needs with future-focused strategy.
The Essential Guide to Automation in Manufacturing
This ebook provides a strategic guide to driving operational excellence, product innovation, and competitive advantage through automation.

Manufacturing News

Accenture 2014 Manufacturing Skills and Training Study
The severe shortage of manufacturing skills in the United States has the potential to impede the trend of steady growth in US manufacturing. Research confirms that manufacturers are having difficulty filling skilled and highly skilled manufacturing roles.

Supply Chains and Third-Party Logistics Make Room for 3D Printing
So how will 3D Printing impact the supply chain and logistics? It will accelerate a shift from “push supply chains” to “pull supply chains.” Some recent findings indicate that nearly 20% of those transport, logistics and supply chain executives surveyed were currently using 3D printing to some degree. Just under 40% believed 3D printing would have the most impact on increased customization.

The Implications of 3D Printing for the Global Logistics Industry
Globalization has been a major industrial trend in which low labour costs have driven companies to set up their production sites in low cost countries, thus creating growth of cargo shipping between continents. The balance between transportation and labour cost may change. A new trend in the future may be globalization, where the global business is supported by local 3D production that optimizes the business through speed, quality or personalization.

Fracking: A Supply Chain Logistics Game Changer?
I’ve thought long and hard about what to say this year because of all the media buzz around shale oil and natural gas fracking as energy saviors, maybe bringing back cheap energy and rendering the big user oil countries less dependent on oil, and less dependent on OPEC and other oil producing countries. My view has not been altered by the recent news around fracking.

December 2013 ISM Manufacturing Survey Above Expectations
The ISM Manufacturing survey for December 2013 showed the expansion was marginally weaker. The New Orders sub-index which historically correlates to the economy improved. The ISM Manufacturing survey index (PMI) declined marginally from 57.3 to 57.0 (50 separates manufacturing contraction and expansion). This was above expectations which were 56.7 to 56.9.

Reshoring Likely to Radically Reshape U.S. Economy in the Next 12 Months
Grant Thornton survey finds U.S. companies will bring production, customer service and IT infrastructure back to the United States.

What Could 3D Printing Mean for the Supply Chain?
My predictions may be right, or they may be wrong, but one thing I think all will agree on is that 3D printing will make the supply chain more complex and more difficult to manage. The companies that succeed through this transition will be the ones that adapt early and leverage the tools they need in order to manage this more complex supply chain.

3D Printing and The Supply Chains of The Future
It’s not often that supply chain issues capture the wider public’s imagination. However, there is one innovation in recent years, 3D printing, which appears to make Star Trek science a stunning reality and for this reason has broken into the public’s consciousness.

Featured Companies

AIMMS is a forward-thinking software platform provider democratizing the use of supply chain analytics so that everyone is self-enabled to make better decisions. AIMMS SC Navigator helps you evaluate and identify the best options to tackle your most pressing challenges…
The Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) is the leading industrial real estate trade association. If you manage manufacturing and distribution properties, you need to know about IAMC.
Rittal North America is built on a strong tradition of innovation and takes pride in a progressive approach to engineering comprehensive and effective solutions that supports our customers in the pursuit of their goals. Rittal manufactures the world’s leading…
Habasit America
Habasit is the worldwide leader in the belting industry. During decades of market leadership, we have developed a broad range of superior products and services as well as a profound knowledge base and experience. Building on these strengths, we are…
Elemica is the leading Digital Supply Network for manufacturing industries. Elemica accelerates digital transformation by connecting, automating, anticipating, and then transforming inter-business supply chain processes for the products they buy, sell, move, and comply. Launched in 2000, customers process over $500B…
MWH Global
Today’s era of seamless economic and social engagement that ignores nationalities, political boundaries and geographical distance, MWH is truly one global community.  We are a 24-hour-per-day enterprise.  Distances are collapsing.  Globalization is going forward. We are…
AeroMobil. Beautiful flying car. Beautifully integrated. Transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. Gives you freedom to move. AeroMobil is a flying car that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors…
Pivot International
Pivot International is a collaborative product design, development, and manufacturing firm. We leverage strengths in more than a dozen areas of specialization in biometric security products, wearable and touchscreen technology, medical devices, wireless and electronic components, agricultural and building operations,…
Oliver Wight
Oliver Wight has a 50-year track record of delivering business improvement to some of the world’s best-known organizations. We believe that sustainable improvement can only be made through your own people. So unlike other business consultants and change management…
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company’s patented FDM®, PolyJet™, and WDM™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly…
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Featured Downloads

Resource Management System (RMS): How to Effectively Leverage Your Assets
Resource Management System (RMS): How to Effectively Leverage Your Assets
This guide provides an in-depth analysis of the potential of various resources available in a warehouse and how they can be utilized...
Sustainable Supply Chain Insights From PITT OHIO
Sustainable Supply Chain Insights From PITT OHIO
A whitepaper on supply chain insights gleaned at the LEED-certified gold Cleveland transportation and sustainability summit.

20 Warehouse & Distribution Center Best Practices for Your Supply Chain
20 Warehouse & Distribution Center Best Practices for Your Supply Chain
In this guide, we picked the brains of our supply chain engineers to find ways to improve warehouse and distribution center efficiency...
SOLOCHAIN WMS plus a Guide to Warehouse Management Systems
SOLOCHAIN WMS plus a Guide to Warehouse Management Systems
In these 2 'papers' Solochain WMS, we detail Manufacturing Execution System capabilities and Generix's portfolio of SCM solutions to manage all distribution logistics,...
Supply Chain Outlook: What to Expect Near-Future
Supply Chain Outlook: What to Expect Near-Future
An investigation into how supply chains have changed, where they are heading, and how you can prepare.